Acknowledgement of Country


Bayadyinyang budyari Dharug yiyura Dharug Ngurra.
Bayady’u budyari Dharug Warunggadgu baranyiin barribugu.
Bayady’u budyari wagulgu yiyuragu Ngurra bimalgu Blacktown City. Flannel flowers dyurali bulbuwul.
Yanmannyang mudayi Dharug Ngurrawa. Walama ngyini budbud dali Dharug Ngurra Dharug yiyura baranyiin barribugu.


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land, the Dharug people, and their continued connection to Country.
We pay our respects to Elders from yesterday to tomorrow.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Blacktown City where the flannel flowers still grow proud and strong.
We will walk softly on this land and open our hearts to Country as the Dharug people have for tens of thousands of years.

Exhibition | Balik Bayan

Six Sydney key cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of NSW, Blacktown Arts Centre, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Mosman Art Gallery, Peacock Gallery (Auburn), and Museums & Galleries of NSW – present a multi-arts program showcasing the contemporary art and cultural practices of the Philippines.

The Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, opening with the Art Gallery of NSW on 24 June 2017, includes a series of exhibitions, performances, creative writing and community programs in multiple venues across Sydney.  It is one of the most significant explorations of Filipino art ever presented in Australia.

Balik Bayan (7 September – 2 November 2017), Blacktown Arts part of the collaboration, is a multi-art form and community celebration project that will transform the centre into a gathering space of intersecting contemporary art forms: video, installation, painting, performance, film, community activations and events, featuring local and international artists with Filipino ancestry.

In Blacktown, 34,000 people have Philippine ancestry, roughly 9% of our community. Literally translated from the Tagalog language, balik means return and bayan means country. Balik Bayan asks a central question: What does a ‘return to country’ mean for one of the world’s largest diaspora?

The Bayanihan Philippine Art Project concludes at Blacktown Arts Centre on 2 November 2017, timed during All Souls Day, a significant date in the Filipino cultural calendar.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.More information

Click on the cover to read about Balik Bayan in TAASA Review: The Journal of The Asian Arts Society of Australia.

Or pick up a copy of the special “Philippine Art” edition at Blacktown Arts.

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Bhenji Ra and Caroline Garcia by Joshua Morris, 2016

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